ViaSat Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Really good work/life balance with a lot of flexibility (in 9 reviews)

  • It is a very casual work environment, which can be an adjustment for anyone coming from a (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours with horrible work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • You won't get to work on the cutting edge software/technology like other companies in the bay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Summer Intern

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    Current Employee - Summer Software Intern in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Summer Software Intern in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent product, good software development processes, great business model, good solid product market niche, good technical product development management for aviation/space standards

    Cons

    local branch with main office on other side of continent; not as many resources

    Advice to Management

    The screening process communications were a little spotty

  2. Helpful (2)

    ViaSat

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Pros

    Cool surfer culture...the beach is close. What else could I say to fill 20 words.

    Cons

    No Accountability, lots of cons. I hope this is anonymous. Bad pay...

  3. Good Place To Work Overall

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of facilities, membership to top notch gym, on site volleyball courts, basketball court. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Heading in the wrong direction, some projects managers just think of engineers as resources and ride them like horses.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers who are too comfortable here and are wasting resources.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Mentor Expedition PCB Design of high speed digital telecom boards

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    Current Employee - PCB Design Engineer
    Current Employee - PCB Design Engineer

    I have been working at ViaSat (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    State of the art design work using up to date software revs.

    Cons

    Not enough designers in group, work is farmed out and we're all working more than one job at any one time in over time mode, as salaried employees. As a Temp, I have no sick time or vacation benefits, or hope that I will have as a Permanent employee. I feel I'm just here to help them fight a few fires and then I'll be dismissed.

    Advice to Management

    You're on the low end of the pay scale. You need people, but you treat people like they're only needed until you get over the hump schedule wise.

  6. Big company with small company feel

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, friendly. Up to date hardware and technology. Good atmosphere to work in. They won't give you an old PC from 2010.

    Cons

    Interview and recruiting process takes a long time. I feel they may miss out on good candidates due to the amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward - the IoT is here to stay, and the company can only benefit from that.

  7. Helpful (4)

    They mean well, but trouble in paradise.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, relaxed workplace, flexible hours. Casual dress code. Training is encouraged and paid by the company. They have some brilliant people working there. Crappy bicycles to ride between buildings.

    Cons

    I worked there 7 years and enjoyed most of the time there. I noticed right away that certain employees were dismissed suddenly with no announcement and no one dared to speak about it. Seems like everyone was afraid for their jobs. Employees were afraid to raise questions about design problems or management problems. Don't make waves or you are in trouble!
    Seems like they had a lot of management people that did not do anything.
    They have a lot of design problems reflected in high numbers of RMA (Returned units).
    I tried to fix some of the design problems but was met with heavy resistance, the usual finger pointing "It's Manufacturing's problem" or no "its a design error". Everyone only cared about their own department. They had no reason to help out other departments. After a disagreement with my supervisor over design changes, he had me fired. HR is spineless. I became one of the disappeared ones that no one will speak of.

    Advice to Management

    Well Mark I am not a CEO so I don't know what you should do. You started off with a great idea, and you have some talented people, but it seems like ViaSat is in a self destruct mode.

  8. Good people, some good work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Pros

    They seem to care about their employees.

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss.

  9. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ViaSat

    Pros

    Talented and good colleagues. Satisfactory experience.

    Cons

    Average salary. Not many benefits for temps.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Good people, disorganized

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people in the whole company, care about individuals

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement, little autonomy, business decisions & processes are often haphazard

  11. Better than most.

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employees fairly well respected. Knowledge and use fo knowledge is rewared. Very good benefits. Pay is adequate. Work is challenging and engaging.

    Cons

    There are plenty of large heads that steer projects in emotionally or power driven directions. People with no skills in a specific area are given the power to rule over groups in that area.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people with experience and knowledge instead of the people you play golf with.

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